Influencing public policy in the digital age: Legal rules for using social media

Influencing public policy in the digital age: Legal rules for using social media

Session Type(s): Training

Starts: Thursday, Jul. 17 10:30 AM (Eastern)

Ends: Thursday, Jul. 17 11:45 AM (Eastern)

Nonprofits are built on a foundation of relationships, and tools like Facebook and Twitter allow nonprofits to expand our relationships and our worlds. But new tools come with a tangled web of rules and regulations, and many nonprofits are hesitant about engaging in online advocacy. Can a c3 lose its tax status over a careless Tweet? What happens when a politician likes your organization’s Facebook page? This training will clarify the rules for using social media, blogs and email as part of your advocacy toolkit. Trainers will give concrete examples and invite the audience to discuss hypothetical situations to develop a deeper understanding of the rules that apply to online advocacy.


Isaiah Castilla

Isaiah grew up in Jackson, Mississippi, where everything is deep-fried, including the politics. Isaiah served as Deputy Finance Director for the Musgrove for United States Senate Campaign, North and Central Regional Finance Director for the Alex Sink for Governor Campaign in Florida, and Finance Director and Counsel for the Bill Luckett for Governor Campaign and Progress for Mississippi PAC. While working in politics, Isaiah gained experience in fundraising and campaign finance. Today, Isaiah serves as Advocacy Programs Counsel at the Alliance for Justice. At AFJ, Isaiah uses his campaign experience and his legal education to help nonprofit organizations effectively use the power of advocacy. Advocacy law is the perfect fit for him because he is deeply passionate about fighting for justice and helping nonprofit groups around the country find their voice.

Ben Wyskida

Communications strategist at BerlinRosen